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4 things for Middlesbrough and Jonathan Woodgate to consider ahead of Swansea City clash



Middlesbrough face another big match as they travel to take on Swansea City this weekend.

Results have picked up of late for the Teessiders who have lost just one game in their last six – the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United.

Since then, Jonathan Woodgate’s side have picked up four points from a possible six against Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest – a run which has seen them move four points clear of the relegation places.

Injuries are still having a huge impact on Middlesbrough’s squad and once again, Woodgate faces a difficult test to name a side capable of getting a result in South Wales.

But what are the considerations for the Boro boss going into the weekend? Let’s take a look.

Combating injuries

Jonathan Woodgate will be used to this by now.

It will be up to the Middlesbrough boss to assess his injured stars to see who is fit for the clash with Swansea, and ensure that players aren’t rushed back.

Lewis Wing and Britt Assombalonga could return for the game, but it’s crucial that the pair aren’t rushed back or else they could face a longer spell on the sidelines.

Sticking with youth

Djed Spence and Hayden Coulson have started the last two games for Middlesbrough, and the question is whether to keep the faith.

Both players have been hugely impressive, but three games in a week is a lot to ask of two players who’ve played very little football at this level.

That said, Jonathan Woodgate’s lack of options mean that he may not have a choice.

A midfield conundrum 

If Lewis Wing does return, it offers a selection dilemma for Jonathan Woodgate.

Adam Clayton has deputised for Wing in recent weeks, but if the midfielder is deemed to be fit then it’s a case of deciding who to drop for the clash with Swansea.

Clayton is the likely candidate, but given the stability of the last two performances, it’s a risk to drop the midfield anchor from the team.

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A return for Rudy?

He’s missed most of the season through injury, but Rudy Gestede is almost back.

The striker played 60 minutes against Aston Villa U23s on Monday and could return to the matchday squad for the clash with the Swans.

With Britt Assombalonga doubtful, there could be a spot in the starting XI up for grabs and Gestede would certainly offer something different to a side with only one other fit senior striker.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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